Facebook killer video scam spreads between social networkers

A new scam has spread quickly across Facebook this weekend, pretending to be a link to a TV news report about an alleged Facebook killer.

Here’s a typical message that has been seen spreading between social networking users:

(BREAKING NEWS) Facebook-Killer
[LINK] 07-29-2011 – News гepoгts of a maп they are calling the ‘Facebook Killer’ have ƍone ramрant, he has claimed 9 lives in the United States so far that we ᴋnow

Other variants of the scam read:

(CNN) The Facebook-Killer
[LINK] ‎07-29-2011 – News reporтs of a man tһey are calling tһe ‘Facebook Killer’ have ɡone rampant, he hаs claimed 9 lives in tһe Uniтed Sтaтes so far thαt we know ..

Clicking on one of the links will take you, not to a genuine TV news report from the likes of CNN, but to a fake YouTube webpage instead, where you are tricked into sharing the link further with your online friends….

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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